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Low Down: Junk, Jazz And Other Fairy Tales From Childhood by A.J. Albany

The afterword to Low Down states: “A.J. Albany lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children, Charlie and Dylan.” Coming behind Albany’s recounting of a bizarre, psyche-threatening childhood makes this ordinarily pedestrian information somewhat of an astounding revelation.

Amy Jo Albany is the daughter of legendary bebop pianist Joe Albany, who played with Lester Young and Charlie Parker in the 1940s and achieved status in the jazz underground but whose career was seriously impeded by drug addiction. It wasn’t until the ’70s, when he was able to tour and record in Europe, that Joe Albany received some belated recognition both abroad and here.

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